Raymond A Widdows

January 21, 1920November 24, 2013

Raymond A. Widdows, 93, asleep in Jesus, was born January 21, 1920 in Iuka, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, Illinois. Mr. Widdows was a retired printer. He retired from The St. Louis Post Dispatch in December of 1980. He was a proud United States Navy Veteran serving in WW II. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Salem, Illinois. American Legion Post 128, Salem, Illinois and the Communication Workers of America. Mr. Widdows was preceded in death by his parents, William Calvin and Marie, nee Behrndt, Widdows; Siblings, John Widdows, Marvin Widdows, Leona Eakin and Goldie Powless. Surviving are his loving wife of 73 years, Violete Marvella, nee Powell, Widdows; children, Larry (Beverly) Widdows, Gary (Geri) Widdows, Jeffrey Widdows, Phyllis (Warren) Fick and Pamela (Edward) Janson; 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; also, survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, family and friends. Memorials in Mr. Widdows memory, may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church, Salem, Illinois. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Visitation: friends may call on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at The Salem Lutheran Church, 1401 Hawthorn Road, Salem, Illinois Service: Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Salem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Doug Meyer officiating. Interment will follow services at Paradise Cemetery, Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois


  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Sandra Pang

November 30, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss, Phyliss. He must have been a great hero to you and your family. May the Good Lord give all of your family his comfort and love.

November 29, 2013

So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing.
Linda Scott Biermann

November 29, 2013

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for "Mr. Widdows" as I called Phylli"s Dad. I met him in 1991 went I went home to Salem with her for a visit from Nursing School. I loved being at her house and enjoying her Dad and his sene of humor, her kind and good cook, Mom and the whole family.
Mr. Widdows was my hero. He steped up and let me drive his only car after I had been a serious car accident and was afraid to drive again. "I did it" with his trust and confidence in me.
I have never forgotten that kindness.
I know he is with God, How could a man like him be anyplace else.
Alice Pairn Spring

Bobby Goostree

November 29, 2013

Just want to let everyone know I know that Uncle Ray will be dearly missed, but he has not died....God has just called him home to his new house Inwhich he will live with The Lord and when we are called he will be there with open arms and say "Welcome home" I've been waitin for ya. Bobby Goostree...Salem, IL......I love and will always miss him.

Douglas English

November 28, 2013

Wow where to begin.... Uncle "Doodle"..I will always remember "smuggling" him a case of Coors beer because they didn't ship East of the Mississippi River. He always took an interest in us kids. I can remember panning for gold in Colorado, and fishing for trout on many occasions. No visit with Uncle Ray was complete without a fish fry. He always kept a fishing pole close at hand and would take time to listen to us kids. I am sure that there are fishing holes and mountain streams in Heaven, and I bet he is whistling a tune and fishing right now. I miss you Uncle Ray!

Aunt Sue says he was a founder of the Lutheran Church that will be hosting his services.

Martha English

November 27, 2013

I don't know where to begin about how Uncle Ray enriched the lives of our family. Cuchara, camping, fishing, Colorado, wonderful meals prepared by Aunt Violet, enjoying the company of the Widdows "kids". A life well lived! Sorry not to be able to attend the funeral.

November 27, 2013

How will I survive the time I have left, knowing that the wonderful rock and support of my life is no longer here...A nicer guy (and uncle) there never was. I am left with a lifetime of pleasant memories.... Alan English, Tulsa

November 27, 2013

he was always a inspiration to me and will be missed by best memories in life are spending time as a young boy with his family-don brumfield[fla]

Steve Rogers

November 27, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Seems like only yesterday Larry and I were going to school at Huff school. Your house was really neat -it has become Summer Time Nine now closed---played there many times--wondered where everyone moved to..Please take care
Steve Rogers
Cincinnati, Ohio

Kelly English Borman

November 27, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Ray's passing. I know it is comforting to know he is in heaven with our Heavenly Father! He was an amazing man. I am sorry for his passing; I know he will be greatly missed.